Tuesday, September 15

Letter Genocide

Still been doing a lot of proofreading and re-writing. I've noticed that I do a very strange thing when I'm writing, I feel compassion for the keyboard characters I have to delete. I then go out of my way to try to be fair to them.


Just as an example, say I type a sentence,

David spanked me on my bare bottom.

But then I want to change "bare" to "naked". I actually feel compassion for all the letters in "bare" that I have to delete. But I notice that I can salvage the "a" and the "e". I can save their lives.

David spanked me on my bare bottom.

So I edit it down to

David spanked me on my ae bottom

then to

David spanked me on my naked bottom

thus saving the lives of two of my keyboard characters, but I mourn the loss of the "b" and the "r". It's not the same if I have to retype those letters again in the future. Once I delete them, they are dead. It's like I'm literally Hitler.

I've thought about cutting and pasting them down to the bottom of the page, and then reusing them when I have a word that needs them with another cut and paste (cut and paste is not killing them, it's like the transporter on Star Trek). But doing that would be crazy, right? I mean, that would be really OCD, right? But damn I feel guilty.

Letter genocide.

56 comments:

  1. Oh, naughty little julie! You of course rejoice in having the power of Hitler and being able to sentence to death whoever you want, in the world of letters. At the same time, you feel guilty for having this pleasure and you are looking for a way to escape this anxiety.
    Letters are not mean creatures.
    Maybe you can spot the ones you delete most often and try to rebalance by putting in words that contain them?
    Ph

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    1. No. No pleasure in the deletions. Only sadness

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  2. You desperately need a spanking Julie to bring you back to normal.

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  3. It can be a fun writing constraint.
    You have to reuse the letters you remove.
    In this example b and r :
    David spanked me on my big stubborn naked bottom

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    1. Nothing "fun" about deleting cute little characters. You monster.

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    2. Reading your replies, methinks you need a spanking and some time in the corner afterwards with pacifier and diaper...

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  4. Read your manuscript from the back to the front, told this by a professional along time ago, will find all the mistakes alot faster. Don't ask why this works, but have done this method myself and it does work. Jack

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    1. Yes, but catch all mistakes and saves time, or do you need a spanking? Jack

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    2. My wife said you needs a spanking from a woman, then she will understand a true spanking.

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  5. You are not alone! I too suffer from letter guilt. The worst for me is when I type a word twice and have to decide which one "gets to live."

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  6. That’s funny.

    I used to play tennis and was obsessed with making sure each of the two or three balls had equal opportunity to be put into play. But this obsession paled in comparison with my interest in what was underneath the girls’ little skirts.

    Enjoy your writing and editing. Relish it. You’re very good.

    Rosco

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    1. That weird, Rosco, obsessing over tennis balls.

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  7. You slice up the word like a piece of meat, you separate the letters like a seal hunter slices up the dead animal. Once separated, the letters are dead. But you have this wonderful power to recreate a new word and bring letters to life.
    It has little to do with Hitler's final solution or with the notion of genocide. Why do you think of genocide and Hitler ? It would be the question ?
    (o)

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    1. I was making fun of people who call anything they dislike, literally Hitler.

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    2. For little girls who are just showing off, I recommend a cold shower, fully clothed. It calms them down and they feel utterly offended.
      (o)

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  8. Mosquitoes or ants you can too save their life, but who has the courage, and then it's so much fun, killing them with a swatter or scalding them?
    And the winkles!
    Suddenly, at the beach, the fisherman becomes the actor of a roundup of winkles on the rocks. It's the roundup of the Jews of the Vel 'd'Hiv' in France. Between July 16 and 17, 1942, 13,152 Jews were arrested: 4,115 children, 5,919 women and 3,118 men. They will be exterminated in the Nazi killing camp at Auschwitz. Less than a hundred adults will come back (and no children);
    But the fisherman continues his fishing. Sometimes he picks up an entire family and chooses to spare one winkles, a child. It is the arbitrariness of his power.
    I throw the winkles in boiling water, as we do for crabs. I imagine that's the fate that awaits us in hell.

    You don't have fun killing letters. Don't make a fuss out of it.

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  9. Even in the world of OCD, that Puts you up there at the top. I can relate. I think my OCD is why I enjoy being dominated. Something about knowing I have to gupive over control, even if just for a short while.
    -g

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  10. Oooo maybe you should have a punishment for every letter you can’t find a home for???

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  11. A letters Genocide will not advance your case with the Noble prize in literature.....perhaps you should recycle deleted letters and use the to write a short story....and everyone will be happy and you can sleep with a clear consciouse.

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  12. Are edited words and letters dead or do they just go back on unemployment?
    vic

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  13. 6 weeks ago, on August 4th, you teased us with upcoming details on your vacay spanking activities. 6 WEEK LATER AND NOT A SINGLE DETAIL OR STORY. You miss, need to be strapped harder than ever in your life!!! Bruises, welts, not being able to sit for a week! Your readers demand justice you tease!!!

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  14. Could this be be a sub-conscious creative link with 'The Battle of the Trees ' in the Book of Taliesin the Bard where the letters of the alphabet do battle in form of trees?Some like Robert Graves say this links to the battle between the between the older matriarchal/tolerant system of Bronze-Age Danu/Bran and the patriarchal Roman system of Caesar, Christ and Annwn. Or to alternate dom/sub Julie.
    Certainly I have more pity for our lost runic Ash and Thorn than for discarded and forlorn french letters .

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  15. Julie - I write my company's monthly e-newsletter and have similar feelings when I write a clever sentence, yet it does not seem to quite work in overall context - rather than delete, I move said sentence to a JIK (Just In Case) file, for potential future use or maybe just an idea starter.

    -T.

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  16. I thought I was the only one who did that.

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  17. You sound like Holden Caulfield. “If a body catch a body coming thro the rye.” The letters are like innocent children and, as the catcher, you want to save them. But let them go. They will be forever innocent from a corrupt world of lust and humiliation. RIP little letters. Mr D

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  18. The concept of these custom made spanking implements is extremely titillating.
    https://thehandprints.com/variouss3421.jpg
    They are not hidden in the house but, on the contrary, clearly visible for the whole family and guests and often brandished as a threat.
    How humbling to have a decorated paddle at your name when you visit your parents.

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    1. I would love a custom spanking paddle for me, with my name on it, hanging prominently. It would make me proud!

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  19. Strict Julie, should be changed to Naughty Little Girl Julie. I bet you squirm, kick, a lot when being spanked over the knee. Jack

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    1. I do the same over my wife knee, she just spanks harder, tighter grip, last longer.

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    2. Tee hee! Julie and Jack's tiny red bare butts on Mommie's knee, kicking their little legs in pain...

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  20. You've been dipping in the happy sack again young lady - that is classic stoner thoughts :)

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  21. This is a wild way to write. This is incredible.

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